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Old 10-31-09, 09:46 AM   #1
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Things I like and hate about winter cycling

Like

- riding through fresh snow
- big fat snowflakes
- how clean the air feels
- sun off the snow
- people thinking you are mad and/or have ninja bike skills
- riding down a deserted, silent bike path or foot trail and everything is hushed and still
- when it's over

Hate

- ice
- slush
- cold feet
- freezing rain combined with h igh wind... it just gets in no matter what I wear
- how dark it is all the time
- brown, bare trees, everything grey and dead
- waking up and it's still dark, hearing the wind howling outside, and I have to get out of bed and go
- all the prep to get ready
- people are meaner and angrier in the winter
- car exhaust!
- snowplows, the great big ones that go fast
- salt and grit all over me and my bike
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Old 10-31-09, 11:05 AM   #2
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I hate those warm foggy sewage-flavored updrafts that come up out of the sewers.
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Old 10-31-09, 03:32 PM   #3
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I forgot this one, I hate the sounds of car tires skidding behind you as you ride down the road
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idiotic speeding SUV's spraying you with slush
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I really like riding in the city center when it's so cold out that many cars just won't start and traffic is extremely light. The crisp sound of the snow and ice crunching under my tires is lovely.
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Old 11-01-09, 03:21 AM   #6
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Riding on the frozen sea. We don't often get good conditions for that, there's usually too much snow on ice. But for a couple of days a year, the sea belongs to bikers and long distance skaters.

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I always find cars to be more patient in the winter -- maybe because on their way to work they are already anticipating being later than usual.
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Ice is my favorite part. I rarely get it, but riding on glare ice is lots of fun.
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I plan on toughing up this winter and braving the snow and ice. But now you're scaring me.
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I plan on toughing up this winter and braving the snow and ice. But now you're scaring me.
If you will be riding on ice seriously consider studded tires. The initial layout is large, but quality ones will last for four or five seasons.
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Nah. I live in Noo Joizy, and we rarely get ice that stays on the roads, and it's usually in small patches and doesn't cover the whole road. I'd LOVE to try studded tires on ice but don't have enough ice to ride on.

One problem with preparing for winter is that our winters vary widely. Some are pretty snowy; some have little to no snow at all.
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Nah. I live in Noo Joizy, and we rarely get ice that stays on the roads, and it's usually in small patches and doesn't cover the whole road. I'd LOVE to try studded tires on ice but don't have enough ice to ride on.

One problem with preparing for winter is that our winters vary widely. Some are pretty snowy; some have little to no snow at all.
It's the small patches of black ice that are really dangerous. You're happily riding along and all of a sudden your front tire slips out from in front of you and before you even know what's happened you are on the ground. Seriously consider a lightly studded tire if there is any ice at all.
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Good point. I will consider it seriously.

Would it be foolish to put it only on the front?
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Good point. I will consider it seriously.

Would it be foolish to put it only on the front?
I honestly don't know as I've never ridden with one just on the front, but I'd venture to guess that it's better than either nothing or one only on the rear.
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Good point. I will consider it seriously.

Would it be foolish to put it only on the front?
Peter White has a vested interest here of course, but I think his comments are good. http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/studdedtires.asp, scroll down to "One Tire in Front?" section. Bottom line: not really worth the savings.

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Old 11-02-09, 12:52 PM   #16
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I know it is anti to getting people on bikes but I love how cold weather clears the trail for all but a hand full of people and those handfull are always much nicer it seems.
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Snowplows plowing a pile of snow on the curb of the bike/walking path...
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Good point. I will consider it seriously.

Would it be foolish to put it only on the front?
There's a sticky on making your own studded tires (and chains); as you can imagine, it's far more cost effective. A popular option is to use 1/2" sheet metal screw driven into the tire from the inside. You then need to use a liner between the tire and the tube. I chose to use another option described in the sticky since I bought cheap knobby tires that seem to have a good tread pattern for snow. I used 3/8" hex head sheet metal screws driven into the outside knobbies at an angle to avoid puncturing the tire. Here's a photo to give you an idea. You'd be able to make 2 of your own studded tires for less than the cost of one commercial tire. Good luck.


What do I hate about winter riding--the cold. I don't have my pogies yet and yesterday I made the mistake of not having anything on my ears. It was a short ride--I headed back when my ears started aching.
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I always find cars to be more patient in the winter -- maybe because on their way to work they are already anticipating being later than usual.
I can tell you don't live in Michigan, where the 4x4 SUV is king. You would think that with snow and ice coming around the same time every year, that the people in this state could figure out how to stay on the road, especially if they they have FWD/AWD/anti-lock brakes. Or maybe I'm just getting cycnical.

edit. Oh, and learn to slow down when the snow flies.

(Yes, I include myself in the above description-to a point-but I don't own an SUV).

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Once they get frozen good and solid, I love riding up and over the piles of snow that
get piled up everywhere.
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Ice is my favorite part. I rarely get it, but riding on glare ice is lots of fun.
+1 I love the sound of the studs biting into the ice. Hopefully we get some good ice this winter...
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nwmtnbkr, thanks for pointing that out. I might do that. I have a huge pile of surplus mountain bike tires here, so the cost of a pair of studded tires would be close to $0 for me.

I went out today wearing sandals and no socks. It was 40-something Fahrenheit, bright and clear, not too windy. My feet got cold. (Duh.) My eyes teared up. I wore summer gloves. My hands didn't get cold. OK, so next time, I'll try thick socks with my sandals. I want to see how low I can go with the sandals since they have SPD cleats. Hmm, maybe I can put neoprene booties over them. You think?

I need some sort of eye wear. I had some sunglasses with interchangeable lenses, and one pair was almost totally colorless. That would be lovely, but I dropped them and broke them. I might buy another pair. What do you folks wear on your eyes? I wear glasses normally, but my correction is weak, so I can ride safely without it.
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The thing I hate most about Winter cycling is the cold. Other than that... I hate getting part way down a trail and having to turn around because of moose. I hate stopping and having my glasses fog up. I hate having to stop, period and cool down and need to get another layer on then after starting up needing to take that layer off. I used to hate ice on my rims but now with disc brakes I don't care. On roads I hate the ridges cars make. It makes moving left or right quite the difficult thing at times. But I love clear, cold air. In the summer when somebody honks I take it as an effyou! but in the Winter I take it as "Good going!" :0.
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Getting slush sprayed is more to do with your cities road maintenance for not fixing up pot holes and roads with poor drainage system. It is like saying, I hate those idiotic cars that turn on their headlamps that is so glaring to me.
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Ice is my favorite part. I rarely get it, but riding on glare ice is lots of fun.
I agree. Is there anything more fun (or impressive to the ladies ) than going sideways, backwards, over cars, trees, bushes, retaining walls, and upside down on your bike? If yer REALLY good, (and lucky) you can do all seven simultaneously! I miss those days ...
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